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Excel file giving me a headache
Thread poster: Estefanía González

Estefanía González  Identity Verified
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Apr 20, 2005


I am translating an .xls file with Wordfast and at the beginnng everything was fine.

Then MS Word has started to crash whilst segmenting. I have relaunched Word several times, and rebooted the computer.

However, same thing happens, Word crashes again.

Can you please advise?

As usual, thousand thanks!

Kind regards,


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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German to Spanish
If you do not need to work with a big TM Apr 20, 2005

just do it with Trados/DVX/SDLX in demo mode and export the neu TM to your Wordfast TM.

I do not know if the last version of Wordfast works fine with Excel files but it was not so good in the past.



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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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possible workaround Apr 20, 2005

I'm afraid I can't offer any suggestions about dealing with the problem directly, but a possible workaround is to select and copy the contents of the Excel worksheet (the whole set of cells at once) and paste it into an empty Word document, where it will appear as a table. You can then translate the text as usual with WordFast, and when the translation is done you can copy and paste the contents back into an Excel file (either a new one or replacing the original contents).

If the Excel worksheet has a complex structure, you may have to copy and paste it in sections.

Another option might be to save the Excel file as a .csv file, which will strip out all the formatting information.

Good luck!

[Edited at 2005-04-20 21:27]

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Bruno Magne  Identity Verified
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Kenneth's solution is the good one Apr 20, 2005

While translating Excel files is quite easy with WordFast, you must check some elements and proceed as follows:

In Pandora's Box, activate the "UpdateOfficeWhenTranslate".

Open the Excel file.

Click ONCE, only once, on the first cell of the sheet where there is text.

Activate Wordfast in Word and open a new document.

Type ALT + DOWN ARROW to launch the translation session.

If you wish, once a while, open up the Excel window to look how things are going, BUT DON'T DO NOTHING WITHIN ANY CELL IN THE SHEET. That would cut the link between WordFast and Excel and you would have to start all over again.

One thing is certain: all the translated segments are stored in your Translation Memory and are not lost if Word happens to crash.

If you have to start all over again, repeat the procedure above, but be sure to click on the cell you want to start from again. Don't worry about what you have already translated.

Best of luck

Bruno Magne

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Estefanía González  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Apr 21, 2005

Thanks a lot for your hints!

As always, you guys saved my day.

Best regards


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Bree Salmon  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:16
Japanese to English
Same problem but can't fix it! Nov 8, 2010

Sorry to revive this thread, but I am having the same problem as Estefania.

I follow the instructions to translate excel files in wordfast to the T, and wordfast pulls over the first line to translate, so far so good. Yet when I hit alt-down to move to the next line, Wordfast crashes every time, without fail. This happens with every excel file I try.

Any ideas?

Word 2007, Win7, Wordfast ver. 5.61k btw.

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esperantisto  Identity Verified
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Try converting Nov 8, 2010

Is your file in Excel 2007 format? Then try converting it to Excel 2003 and back to 2007. Or vice versa. Alternatively, try converting to ODS and back with

Conversion may iron out certain internal glitches in the file.

Or just try another tool. OmegaT handles Excel 2007 files directly and Excel 2003 files via conversion to 2007 or ODS, you can re-use your existing WF TM(s) by exporting to TMX.

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Bree Salmon  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:16
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No dice Nov 8, 2010

Esperantisto: Thanks for the advice but unfortunately it didn't work. I even installed the newest version of Wordfast.

I would like to be able to use Wordfast as I know the program fairly well now and it works well for me in all other respects.

It would be so golden if I just get this one aspect fixed.

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Yasmin Moslem  Identity Verified
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Wordfast Pro Nov 9, 2010

Dear Bree,

Please try to use Wordfast Pro. You can download and install the latest version of Wordfast Professional available at:

Translating complicated Excel files should be easier in Wordfast Pro.

I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Best regards,
Yasmin Moslem

Wordfast Support Team |

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